Defeat will not change the Republican Party

Democrats, don't pin your hopes for democracy on Republicans coming to their senses

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Can American democracy survive the predations of today's GOP? This week's revelations about President Trump trying to force Ukraine to turn over dirt on Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden are just the latest in a seemingly endless series of affronts to the values of representative democracy perpetrated by the Republican Party and its allies. Indeed, how to change the GOP or contain its gathering menace to the U.S. political order might be the most important challenge of this generation.

But those hoping a Republican shellacking next year will force a democracy-saving reckoning from inside the party are wrong. Only Democrats can save American democracy.

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